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Lutzie
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WTF are they all about then?
Was off work for a week and decided to attack the front garden. We had a huge (12ft high) plant of some description (possibly bamboo) in the front garden. It was half dead, and an eyesore, so down it was coming.

*chop* *chop* *chop* goes I with the shears. RIGHT through a wasp nest! (Probably why the plant was half dead)

Get swarmed by wasps, and get stung right on the wrist bone. It actually poured blood. This is a week ago and the wound still hasn't healed properly, just scabbed over.

And I've done everything I can to kill that nest and the fuckers are STILL there.
#1 at 11:56:36 - 03/09/2007
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Fire!

I've never been stung in my life, something I'm very glad about.
#2 at 11:59:33 - 03/09/2007
Harry
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Set fire to the fucker, it's the only way to be sure.

Not quite as bad, but my fiancée and I got bitten lots of mosquitoes when we were on vacation in Dorset last week.

She seems to attract them more than me though, so is handy to have around to keep them away from me. :)
#3 at 12:07:08 - 03/09/2007
Lutzie
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I can't see the Mrs being happy with me setting fire to the garden.
#4 at 12:13:11 - 03/09/2007
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Tell her to get rid of it then :p
#5 at 12:15:10 - 03/09/2007
JimJam
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Phone your local council; some of them will get rid of wasp nests for free.
#6 at 12:18:43 - 03/09/2007
Lutzie
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Pfft. Fat chance of our lot doing that.
#7 at 12:53:01 - 03/09/2007
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Go to b&q and get some wasp nest killer. It's a spray which you use at night (when they're chillin'). Just blast the nest and give it legs. They'll be all gone within 24 hours.
#8 at 13:00:33 - 03/09/2007
Lutzie
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I'm thinking that the actual nest is really deep in the plant though, and only the entrance is near "the front". I chucked a shit load of boiling water on it and that only pissed them off. Tried bleech too, and that didn't work either.

I may just gear up in my suit of Master Chief armour and chop the fucker to pieces.
#9 at 13:04:12 - 03/09/2007
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Ah now here's a subject I know a lot about. Did you see my EG thread on my recent stings?

edit - sod it, here you go. This is from a few weeks ago

So it's 3am, I'm fast asleep, and I get stung in the fucking FACE by a wasp

Little son of a bitch stung me on my top lip. I woke up in pain not knowing what it was, went down to look inthe bathroom mirror and saw a little spot looking thing, I initially thought it was an ingrowing hair that had gone septic or something. Went back to bed, 10 minutes later my lip had swelled up to about 4 times its usual size. Woke the missus up as I still wasn't sure what it was, found the little wasp cunt crawling up the wall so splattered the fucker with a flip flop. What a cheeky little stealth stinging bastard!

Some pics for you

At 3am
At 3am number 2. I can assure you I do not look like this normally!
This morning

I can see he funny side now, wasn't quite so amusing last night.

If you see a wasp today, kill it for me
#10 at 13:21:22 - 03/09/2007
HairyArse
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I got stung by a wasp for the first time ever in my life recently. I'd been out walking the dog and sat down in the car and felt this pain like I'd sat on a thorn. I looked down and about 6 inches from my nads was a wasp I'd just sat on and snapped in half. The little bastard got me though and my inner thigh was quite swollen and lumpy for a while. My dad said I had to put vinegar on it to stop the infection and that seemed to work bizarrely enough.
#11 at 13:26:34 - 03/09/2007
Lutzie
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smoothpete said:
At 3am
At 3am number 2. I can assure you I do not look like this normally!
This morning


I thought you'd taken pictures of yourself, not the ELEPHANT MAN!? Cor blimy pete that's a bad reaction for sure. Mine just bled a bit and stung the whole of my arm for about 3 hours.
#12 at 14:08:39 - 03/09/2007
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Fucking hell, that was some reaction Pete.
#13 at 14:15:57 - 03/09/2007
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When I saw HairyArse's name and the mention of being stung I thought wouldn't it be funny if.... and you delivered :p

Seriously... last time I dealt with one I dressed up in ski goggles, balaclava and gloves and then petrolled the lot of them.

It did work.... and I didn't get stung....

I used to be so scared of the fuckers because when I was about 8 years old I was stick fighting in the woods with friends ( thank god nobody had camera phones then because we did include the light saber noises ) when I accidentally hit a nest they swarmed me.
I had to endure the complete shame of the school nurse picking them out of my Y-fronts. ( fortunately no stings there, but eleven in total )

This phobia was cured when I discovered as long as there traveling away from you, you can kill them with your bare hands.
#14 at 14:59:56 - 03/09/2007
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I've been stung a few times and not had a bad reaction. I think it was just the location more than anything with that lip one (there's not much flesh there so what was there swelled up like a mofo)

At the moment in my house upstairs there seem to be a hell of a lot of dead wasps around the place. I'm wondering if they're getting in somehow, maybe through the roof, but so far I haven't found anything. We had a nest in the brickwork outside the back door which I destroyed, they could be leftovers from that I guess.

Lutz, I can recommend something to kill them, worked on ours. It's a foam made by Rentokil, comes in a can for about a fiver from Homebase. It's good because it shoots a jet of foam about 2 metres in an accurate stream, so you don't have to get too close to the nest and risk more stings. It worked on ours. Well, for ours I rammed a biro tube into the wasp hole in the brickwork, and squirted the foam down that so it would penetrate as far as possible. Little shitbags!
#15 at 15:26:00 - 03/09/2007
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We had a nest in our wall cavity earlier in the 'summer'. Some bloke came round and squirted white powder in there and it did the trick. But not before I got stung on the foot.
#16 at 15:29:18 - 03/09/2007
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Lutzie said:I'm thinking that the actual nest is really deep in the plant though, and only the entrance is near "the front".

How big is the plant?!

smoothpete said:
At 3am
At 3am number 2. I can assure you I do not look like this normally!
This morning

I'm really, really sorry, pete, but I was slightly amused by this. Lips are quite ready to swell up good and proper though, bit unlucky to get stung there.


My worst wasp story was when I was about 6, on some swings in a park. A wasp decided to land on my face and crawl over my mouth for a few minutes. I was waving to try to attract my mom's attention (not wanting to open my mouth, obviously) but she was too far away to see the wasp and so just waved back!
#17 at 16:25:24 - 03/09/2007
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ilmaestro said:
How big is the plant?!

At a rough guess I'd say it's diameter is 2 feet.

It's BIG.
#18 at 16:43:35 - 03/09/2007
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Phew! I was imagining something shed-sized!
#19 at 16:49:00 - 03/09/2007
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@ilmaestro, that's cool, I found it funny too once I stopped looking like a freak :)

Lutz, if you can, try and keep the nest intact, the construction is fascinating once all the stingy fucks have been killed
#20 at 17:04:19 - 03/09/2007
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HAhahahaha
/laughs at Smoothpete

That reminds me of a similar sting I had when I was 14 or so.
I was riding my bike and a bug flew into my face, I think it was a horsefly. it stung my lower lip which swelled up exactly like that. Much fun.
:-/

Never thought of getting pictures though. :-0
#21 at 19:08:29 - 03/09/2007
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This is what my face looked like the evening after, note my fat cheek! So I know what I'll look like if I put on a couple of stone
#22 at 19:40:56 - 03/09/2007
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I was stung while riding my bike too. I was doing about 30 on a dual carriageway, with my mouth *wide* open.

I was stung underneath my tongue.

Only Kidney Stones have hurt more...
#23 at 21:13:04 - 03/09/2007
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Ouch! That sounds really unpleasant. :-(

IF it's any consolation to all you sting victims. According to the Schmidt sting pain index we all go off relatively lightly. Just stay away from bullet ants.
;-)
#24 at 12:26:03 - 05/09/2007
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Salaman said:Just stay away from bullet ants.
;-)


No thanks dad, just take me for a pint instead. (read the last paragraph)
#25 at 14:39:20 - 05/09/2007
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Harry said:
Salaman said:Just stay away from bullet ants.
;-)


No thanks dad, just take me for a pint instead. (read the last paragraph)


Holy crap!
I saw it mentioned that the bullet ant was used for initiation rites but I figured you had to let one bite you.
That's bloody mental!

/shudders
/I'd have been the peter pan of the tribe then ... never to become a man
#26 at 15:05:46 - 05/09/2007
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Nah, it would be better than one bite overall, intially it would be more painful, but if your arm is paralysed by the vemon, then you aren't going to feel it either !
#27 at 19:33:25 - 05/09/2007
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If you follow HA's link, there's a link to a youtube video. Sure doesn't look like a case of "Oh this could hurt but my hand is numbed now by the venom so I'll just sit here bored for a bit."

Then there's the "throbbing unabating pain for 24 hours" aspect. No numbness is going to keep that at bay.


#28 at 19:48:36 - 05/09/2007
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Got stung when I was about 7. The bastard got me right on the bridge of the nose, it hurt so much and I have always been really cautious of wasps after that.

It's my own stupid fault though, I did throw my sausage roll at the thing.
#29 at 04:43:29 - 06/09/2007
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Would you fucking believe it. I got stung in my sleep AGAIN last night. What the living fuck is going on? This time it was on the back of my head, the little bastard! No amusing swelling this time, just pain >:(

We seem to be getting an inordinate amount of wasps upstairs these days, there are dead ones all oer he place. They must be crawling in somehow. I'm thinking maybe through he loft, or through the floorboards. I haven't been able to identify where yet but in the immortal words of Will Smith:

Oh it's ON now!

My mission, should I choose to accept it, and I do, is to eradicate every last black and yellow bastard insect anywhere near our house. I can't keep getting stung at night, it's ridiculous!
#30 at 12:22:36 - 08/09/2007

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